Snow Mountain Safety - Mountain Creek

Mountain Safety

Know the Code

Common Sense, it’s one of the most important things to keep in mind and practice when on the slopes. The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are very important when cruising down the mountain. NSAA developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snow-sports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.


Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.

  • Always stay in control. You must be able to stop or avoid people or objects.
  • People ahead or downhill of you have the right-of-way. You must avoid them.
  • Stop only where you are visible from above and do not restrict traffic.
  • Look uphill and avoid others before starting downhill or entering a trail.
  • You must prevent runaway equipment.
  • Read and obey all signs, warnings, and hazard markings.
  • Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  •  You must know how and be able to load, ride and unload lifts safely. If you need assistance, ask the lift attendant.
  • Do not use lifts or terrain when impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • If you are involved in a collision or incident, share your contact information with each other and a ski area employee.


Winter sports involve risk of serious injury or death. Your knowledge, decisions and actions contribute to your safety and that of others.

Know and Obey the Code.

It’s Your Responsibility.

If you need help understanding the Code, please ask an employee.

This is a partial list. Be safety conscious.

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Lift Safety

It’s YOUR Responsibility to know how to use and ride the lift safely.

Get On

As a chair passes you at the “Wait Here” sign, move ahead quickly to the “Load Here” sign and line up evenly. When the next chair comes behind you, sit on the seat, and slide back as far as you can – to keep from falling off the chair.

Sit back, sit still, hold on

Sit way back to keep from falling from the chair and enjoy the ride to the top! No horsing around, it’s dangerous when you are riding up in the air.

At the top, plan ahead to unload

At the “Unload Here” sign it is time to get off. Stand up, and ski down the ramp. Watch for others ahead and ski around them.  Move out of the way quickly, so others can unload too.

Helpful Reminders

  • • Need assistance? Ask the lift attendant for help. Smallest kids should load closest to the attendant.
  • • Remove & carry packs. Do not use phones, music or games while loading or unloading.
  • • It is OK to miss a chair and wait for the next one.
  • • When loading, watch for approaching chair and then sit to the back once seated!
  • • Drop something? Let it FALL. Any item dropped can be picked up later.
  • • Absolutely NO horseplay on the lifts!!

This is a partial list. It’s your responsibility to always be safety conscious.

Lids on Kids

Snowsport helmets are a good idea

Educate your child about the benefits and limitations of the helmet. Wearing a helmet doesn’t give permission to ski or snowboard faster or recklessly. When your child wears a ski helmet, remember you may have to speak louder to get their attention because a helmet may slightly stifle their hearing. Make sure the helmet fits correctly. A Snow Sport helmet is only as effective as its fit.  A helmet is not an item you buy for your child to grow into.  Please visit our sizing chart to help choose the correct size helmet for your child.

New Jersey Helmet Law

As of November 1, 2011, per New Jersey State Law, all persons under 18 years of age engaged in the activity of downhill skiing or operation of snowboard, including the use of ski tows, lifts and tramways, shall wear a securely fitted protective helmet; specifically, one which was designed to be used while engaged in the activity of recreational downhill skiing.  Mountain Creek recommends wearing helmets for skiing and snowboarding.  Skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of helmet usage.

Drone Policy

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees and ski area property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Mountain Creek Resort prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public on or over the property – including recreational users and hobbyists. This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within the ski area boundaries. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from the ski area boundaries, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the ski area boundaries. Please contact if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any aerial drones.

Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement as well as those policies separately established by this ski area, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability.

Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscating of any drone equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.

Uphill Policy

Please check out our new Uphill Policy for Season Passholders only.

Skiing with Infants & Toddlers

Mountain Creek Resort does not allow parents to ski or snowboard while carrying an infant or toddler (this includes an infant or toddler being attached to the adult in any way).